DailyHalacha.com for Mobile Devices Now Available

Select Halacha by date:

Or by subject:

Or by keyword:
Search titles and keywords only
Search All    

Weekly Perasha Insights
Shabbat Morning Derasha on the Parasha
Register To Receive The Daily Halacha By Email / Unsubscribe
Daily Parasha Insights via Live Teleconference
Syrian Sephardic Wedding Guide
Download Special Tefilot
A Glossary Of Terms Frequently Referred To In The Daily Halachot
About The Sources Frequently Quoted In The Halachot
About Rabbi Eli Mansour
Purchase Passover Haggadah with In Depth Insights by Rabbi Eli Mansour and Rabbi David Sutton
About DailyHalacha.Com
Contact us
Useful Links
Refund/Privacy Policy
Back to Home Page

Halacha is In Memory Of
 Ovadia ben Frieda (Mr. Eddie Bibi)

Dedicated By
His daughters

Click Here to Sponsor Daily Halacha
(File size: 724 KB)
The Proper Way To Extract the Broth From Vegetables in a Vegetable Soup on Shabbat

Many people enjoy soup on Friday night, whether it’s vegetable soup, chicken soup, or “kibbehamda” which contains meatballs and vegetables. Often, a person prefers eating only the broth, without vegetables. The question arises as to how he can separate the vegetables from the broth without violating the Shabbat prohibition of “Borer,” which forbids separating “Pesolet” (unwanted food) from “Ochel” (the food which one wants). In our case, the vegetables, which the individual does not want to eat, is considered the “Pesolet,” and the broth is considered the “Ochel.” It is thus forbidden for him to remove the vegetables from a bowl o soup, as this would transgress the prohibition of “Borer.”

The solution in such a case is to insert a large spoon or ladle into the bowl of soup, lift out of the bowl whatever happens to enter the ladle, and then carefully pour the broth from the ladle into one’s bowl, without allowing the vegetables to be poured. This is permissible on Shabbat because the “Borer” prohibition forbids only removing “‘Pesolet” from “Ochel.” Separating in the opposite manner – removing “Ochel” from “Pesolet” – is permissible, provided that one does not use a utensil for this purpose. A spoon or ladle is considered an extension of one’s hand, rather than a separate utensil, for the purposes of this Halacha (unless it is a spoon with holes to separate liquid from solid, in which case it may not be used on Shabbat). Therefore, it is permissible to use a spoon to separate the broth – the “Ochel” – from the vegetables – the “Pesolet.”

However, although it is permissible to separate the broth from the vegetables with a spoon, it is forbidden to press the back of the spoon down on the vegetables so that only liquid collects in the spoon. Since the back of the spoon is not normally used for eating, it would be considered a “utensil” with respect to the Halacha of “Borer,” and it may therefore not be used for separating foods, in any manner.

It goes without saying that if the vegetables have sunk to the bottom of the bowl, and on the top there is only broth, then one may simply take broth from the top of the bowl with a spoon or ladle.

Summary: If a person has a bowl or pot of soup with vegetables, and he wants only broth but not vegetables, he should insert a large spoon or ladle (that does not have holes), remove from the bowl or pot whatever happens to enter the spoon, and then carefully pour the broth out of the spoon into his bowl, without the vegetables. He may not remove the vegetables from the bowl, or push down with the back of the spoon on the vegetables so that only broth enters the spoon. If the vegetables are all at the bottom of the pot, then he may simply remove some broth from the top.


Recent Daily Halachot...
Borer: Selecting Cutlery to Set a Table for the Next Day
Borer: Selecting Clothes in a Dark Room
Borer: Is Peeling and Removing Wrappers from Food Considered Borer?
Borer: Is It Permissible to Scatter a Mixture and Select From It?
Borer: May One Remove a Fly from a Cup of Wine on Shabbat?
Opening Nuts & Peapods on Shabbat
Borer: Filtering Liquids on Shabbat
Borer- Is A Sink Drain Strainer Permissible On Shabbat Even Though It May Be Separating And Selecting Out Foods
Borer – May One Separate Food With a Fork, and How Long Before a Meal May One Separate Food?
Is It Permissible To Separate Forks From Knives on Shabbat?
Is It Permissible to Add Hot Water to Instant Soup Mixes on Shabbat?
Borer: Removing Bones from Fish on Shabbat
Borer: Selecting from a Mixture of Different Types of Fish on Shabbat
Peeling Garlic, Onions, Bananas, Hard Boiled Eggs, Oranges, Grapefruits, Mango, Apples, Cucumbers, Carrots, Chicken with Skin on Shabbat
Borer: Is It Permissible to Select for Other People?
Page of 213
3182 Halachot found